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See new video of planned Billings airport expansion

Posted at 10:36 PM, Jul 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-09 00:36:40-04

BILLINGS – Billings residents got a glimpse at what the Billings Logan International Airport will look like in 2023 after a roughly $50.5 million expansion at a Billings City Council meeting on Monday.

Billings Airport Director of Aviation and Transit, Kevin Ploehn, presented council members with a fly through video showing what is planned for the facility.

Ploehn said the expansion will take place over five phases, the first of which is scheduled to begin Sep. 23.

Billings Airport Expansion Phase 1

The first phase includes the construction of a new TSA screening area, and Cape Air stairwell, as well as the addition of a skylight. Phase one is expected to be complete in March 2020.

Exterior Billings Airport Great Room at Night
Interior Great Room Fireplace.

Construction also ramps up in March 2020 with the start of Phase 2.

Billings Airport Expansion Phase 2

Phase 2 adds four new gates to concourse A, along with a gift shop, children’s playroom, restaurant, great room with plenty of seating, and a fireplace for a cozy atmosphere in the winter months.

Phases 3-5 will add four new gates and holding rooms in concourse B.

Billings Airport Expansion Phases 3-5.

Here’s a list of improvements coming with the expansion:

  • Skylights, and more windows for plenty of natural light.
  • Larger re-dressing area after TSA checkpoint.
  • Larger lobby area to alleviate congestion from families saying goodbye.
  • Dining options before and after TSA checkpoint.
  • 20-foot ceilings in the great room.
  • Bar serving alcoholic beverages.
Billings Airport Expansion Restaurant post TSA.

Ploehn said the project is expected to be complete in March 2023.